Allstate Insurance - H.O. Policy, Read The Fine Print. It Could Cost You!!
I've been shopping for H. O. insurance after Traveler's whacked me with a $400.00 premium increase. Five year customer with no claims. Called Allstate for a quote. Gave them my info and told them I wanted a $500.00 deductible. The agent emailed me the quote in a PDF file. Everything looked pretty much standard including the $500.00 deductible I requested.
Buried deep in the fine print was a "Tropical Wind and Water" clause. Huh? Never heard of this one. Allstate is slick, here's how it works. A Tropical Storm originates in the Caribbean with Hurricane Winds then makes land fall in Florida. It then goes up the East Coast but rapidly diminishes. By the time it hits N. J. and further points north it's just a rain event. Now a policy holder in N. Y. files a claim for minor damage to their home. They have a $500.00 deductible. Allstate says this does not apply because it started out as a Hurricane 2000 miles away. The deductible is now 3% of your home value. What does this mean?
Let's say your home is insured for $300K. You expect a $500.00 deductible. Wrong!! The 3% now kicks in and your deductible is now a whopping $9000.00!! This is why they are called "Allsnakes" Buyer beware!!